Sandwiches: A meal you hold in your hand

  • Gruère with Caramelized Onions, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Red Wine-Braised Flank Steak with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Gruyère, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Dan's Reuben, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Cheesy Kimchi Toastie, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

  • Silky Omelet Baguette, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Hillary Levin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

It is a debate that has been passionately argued by culinary philosophers for centuries: Do sandwiches taste better when eaten standing over the kitchen sink, or when they are picked up from a paper plate?